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Immigrant families rejoice over Biden's expansive move toward citizenship, while some are left out

Jun. 19, 2024 08:47 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of immigrants had reason to rejoice when President Joe Biden unveiled a highly expansive plan to extend legal status to spouses of U.S. citizens but, inevitably, some were left out. Claudia Zúniga, 35, married in 2017, or 10 years after her...

Russian warships reach Cuban waters ahead of military exercises in the Caribbean

Jun. 12, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A fleet of Russian warships reached Cuban waters on Wednesday ahead of planned military exercises in the Caribbean that some see as a projection of strength as tensions grow over Western support for Ukraine. The fleet, made up of a frigate, a nuclear-powered...

Venezuela's ruling party tests its organizing efforts ahead of next month's presidential election

Jun. 09, 2024 20:12 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With its decades-long grip on power under threat, Venezuela’s ruling party on Sunday tested a voter organizing campaign aimed at shoring up President Nicolás Maduro's bid for a third term. The assessment followed weeks of efforts by local organizers of...

As Maduro shifts from migration denier to defender, Venezuelans consider leaving if he is reelected

May. 30, 2024 00:10 AM EDT

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — One of the most influential politicians in Venezuela once deemed images of his fellow citizens abandoning their home country the result of a professionally scripted, “Hollywood-type blockbuster.” Migration, Diosdado Cabello said, was an issue...

Venezuela revokes invitation for European Union mission to observe presidential election in July

May. 29, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s electoral authorities on Tuesday revoked an invitation for a European Union mission to observe the country's upcoming presidential election, in which President Nicolás Maduro is seeking reelection. The head of the National Electoral Council,...

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

May. 24, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

May 17-23, 2024 In the Dominican Republic, Haitians and migration featured heavily in the election conversation. Argentine President Javier Milei belts hard rock at a presentation of his new book in Buenos Aires. Mexico's heatwave is so dire, howler...

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Gonzalez seeks unity in first rally

May. 18, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

LA VICTORIA, Venezuela (AP) — The presidential candidate of Venezuela’s chief opposition coalition on Saturday sought to cultivate a mood of hope and possibility in a large rally that marked the start of a campaign he admittedly never imagined leading. Edmundo González Urrutia,...

Venezuela's barred opposition candidate is now the fiery surrogate of her lesser-known replacement

May. 16, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

SABANA DE MENDOZA, Venezuela (AP) — At an intersection packed in four directions, rallygoers scream and light up cellphones in the evening as Venezuelan opposition figure María Corina Machado climbs onto a flatbed truck like a presidential candidate. She has been barred from the...

Son-in-law of top opponent of Venezuela's president pleads guilty to US money laundering charges

May. 15, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The son-in-law of a prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges for his role in a vast bribery conspiracy to siphon $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company. As part of his plea agreement announced Tuesday in federal...

Ex-Venezuelan diplomat 'never' considered being president but will launch campaign this month

May. 10, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A few weeks ago, Edmundo González Urrutia was just another grandfather visiting his daughter and grandchildren, who live abroad, enjoying two months of family time in retirement. But the leisurely pace - and the anonymity - will have to wait as he now campaigns to...